São Paulo, Brazil and Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 23, 2012 – AES Eletropaulo, one of Latin America’s largest energy utilities, has deployed a smart grid project in São Paulo in partnership with Silver Spring Networks and the Brazilian meter development company Nansen and its subsidiary Senergy.
The goal of the project is to develop and deploy a unified and robust smart grid platform using wireless technology for metering, supervision and remote control in order to reduce operating costs and non-technical losses, as well as to improve electricity supply services for consumers.
The project, based on AES Eletropaulo’s own specifications, was implemented using the Smart Energy Platform from Silver Spring and Centralized Smart Metering technology, developed by Senergy and Nansen. The new technology was installed at 1,000 homes in the Morro Doce region in the northeast of São Paulo city, which is mountainous and has a dense urban population.
The information collection phase began in January 2012, immediately following the installation. This phase is expected to be finalized in six to 12 months. Preliminary results reveal a reduction in non-technical losses, lower operating costs, and improved services for consumers.
The communication infrastructure will, in the future, allow utilities to connect other devices such as distribution automation equipment, thereby sharing the communication network.
“We are very excited with the performance of the Centralized Metering Platform,” said Maria Tereza Villela, Smart Grid and Technology director at Eletropaulo. “It will allow us to observe the potential for reducing operating costs, reducing non-technical losses and improving services."